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Main Title: The expression of non-actual motion in Swedish, French and Thai
Author(s): Blomberg, Johan
Type: Article
Language Code: en
Abstract: Dynamic descriptions of static spatial situations, such as the road goes through the forest have attracted a lot of attention across different semantic theories. Analyses in terms of fictive motion and subjective motion have proposed that such expressions are strongly motivated by universal cognitive and conceptual factors. I present theoretical arguments for the conflation of several different motivations in the literature. Instead of a single general motivation, three distinct experiential motivations are presented under the term non-actual motion. These experiential motivations are used to design an elicitation tool for investigating non-actual motion cross-linguistically. Elicited descriptions from speakers of Swedish, French and Thai suggest that such descriptions are conventionalized in all three languages, which supports the universal character of non-actual motion across languages. However, in expressing non-actual motion, the language-specific resources for expressing actual motion are used.
Issue Date: 2015
Date Available: 29-Nov-2017
DDC Class: 400 Sprache
410 Linguistik
Subject(s): non-actual motion
fictive motion
subjective motion
semantic typology
Journal Title: Cognitive linguistics
Publisher: De Gruyter
Publisher Place: Berlin [u.a.]
Volume: 26
Issue: 4
Publisher DOI: 10.1515/cog-2015-0025
Page Start: 657
Page End: 696
EISSN: 1613-3641
ISSN: 0936-5907
Notes: Dieser Beitrag ist mit Zustimmung des Rechteinhabers aufgrund einer (DFG geförderten) Allianz- bzw. Nationallizenz frei zugänglich.
This publication is with permission of the rights owner freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.
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